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  Karangasem History

Karangasem has a rich variety of older customs found in villages that resisted Javanese influences after the 14th century.

After the 16th-century collapse of the Majapahit Empire, the Royal Keraton in Gelgel dominated Bali.

In the 17th century the court of Karangasem rose to challenge Gelgel, becoming not only a powerful political force but also a thriving center of the arts. In 1678 Karangasem conquered the island of Lombok, colonizing the western rice-growing portion of the isle.

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